11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in
A predictably eccentric follow-up to his absurdist cookbook, ‘Les Dîners de Gala’, ‘Les Vins de Gala’ was written by members of Dali’s entourage as a ‘Dalian’ introduction to the world of wine. The books - like the Teatreo-Museo Dali, launched in the same period - were opportunities to revisit the artworks and themes that had shaped his career. They were, in short, efforts to establish his legacy. . In one case, Dali takes a painting he had obsessed about for decades - Jean-Francois Millet’s ‘The Angelus’ - and overpainted a torso-shaped wine bottle. Several otherillustrations deconstruct the classical female nude in a manner that recalls his former comrades, Man Ray and Max Ernst and his own sculpture, ‘Venus de Milo aux Tiroirs’
Categorizing wines by their emotional resonance, rather than prosaic features like geography or varietal, the writer and viticulturealist, Louis Orizet, aimed to explode wine criticism as Dali had the art world. Advocating thinking for oneself, Orizet “organize[s] wines according to the sensations they create in our very depths.”. Breaking away from the prescriptive limits of the Surrealists as his book does wine criticism, Dali declares ‘Dali is Surrealism’. Plumbing the movement’s founding ideas, Dali creates work entirely his own.